|Fox College Football|
|Also known as||College Football on Fox
CFB on Fox
BCS on Fox (2007–10)
|Genre||College football game telecasts|
|Presented by||Gus Johnson
|Theme music composer||Scott Schreer|
|Opening theme||"Fox NFL theme music"|
|Ending theme||Same as opening theme|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||15|
|Running time||210 minutes or until game ends|
|Production company(s)||Fox Sports|
|Original network||Fox (1999–present)
Fox Sports Networks (1999–present)
Fox College Sports (2006–present)
Fox Sports 1 (2013–present)
Fox Sports 2 (2013–present)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
(downconverted to letterboxed 4:3 on SDTV feed since 2009),
|Original release||January 1, 1999– present|
|Related shows||SEC on CBS|
Fox College Football (or Fox CFB for short) is the branding used for broadcasts of NCAA Division I FBS college football games produced by Fox Sports. Through its broadcast deal with NCAA, Fox Sports holds the rights to televise games from the Pac-12 Conference, the Big 12 Conference, Big Ten Conference, Conference USA and Army Black Knights football home games; these telecasts are televised on broadcast television through the Fox network and on cable via Fox College Sports, the Fox Sports Networks regional channels, FX, FS1 (known as FS1 College Football as of September 2015) and FS2 (known as FS2 College Football).
The Fox network acquired its first college football telecast in 1998, when it obtained the broadcast rights to the annual Cotton Bowl Classic held each January on (eventually, the day after) New Year's Day; the first game to be shown on the network as part of the deal was held on January 1, 1999. Fox renewed its contract to carry the game in 2010, in a four-year agreement that ran through the 2013 NCAA college football season. Fox lost the rights to the Cotton Bowl to ESPN for the 2015 edition, as the cable network holds the television contract to all six bowl games that encompass the College Football Playoff system under a twelve-year deal worth over $7.3 billion. The Cotton Bowl was the only game among the six that was not already broadcast by ESPN.
From the 2006 through the 2009 seasons, Fox held the broadcast rights to most of the games comprising the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) – including the Sugar Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl and the Orange Bowl, as well as the BCS Championship Game. Fox paid close to $20 million per game for the rights to televise the BCS games. The network's contract with the BCS excluded any event in the series that was held at the Rose Bowl stadium, such as the Rose Bowl Game and the 2010 BCS National Championship Game, as ABC already had a separate arrangement with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association to serve as the broadcaster for the games.
ESPN, which is majority owned by ABC's corporate parent The Walt Disney Company and serves as the producer for all of ABC's sports coverage, would displace Fox outright as the broadcaster of the BCS beginning in the 2010-11 season. This left the Fox network with only the Cotton Bowl Classic as the sole college football game, to which it held the television rights until the 2013-14 season.
Beginning with the 2011 season, sister cable channel FX began airing a "game of the week" on Saturdays featuring matchups from three of the major collegiate football conferences: the Pac-12, the Big 12 and Conference USA. The Fox network also obtained the rights to air the Big Ten Conference's new championship game beginning that season and running through 2016, as part of Fox Sports' involvement with the Big Ten Network. Additionally, Fox broadcast the inaugural Pac-12 Football Championship Game – future editions of the game would alternate between ESPN and Fox.
Beginning with the 2012 season, Fox added regular season games on Saturdays to its lineup; it broadcast eight afternoon games and twelve nighttime games throughout the season, with the latter telecasts airing as part of a new strategy by the network to carry more sports programming on Saturday nights during prime time. Fox Sports 1 replaced FX as the cable outlet for college football in 2013.
Fox's coverage of the 2015 season opened with a game on FS1 featuring the Michigan Wolverines at the Utah Utes. As the first game featuring new head coach Jim Harbaugh, the game was promoted through an Opening Drive tour which featured a "HarBus"—decorated with a sweater and khakis in imitation of Harbaugh's on-field wardrobe, accompanied by a group of "HarBros" dressed like Harbaugh. The tour concluded at Salt Lake City's Grand America Hotel for game day, although the bus itself was barred from entering the University of Utah's campus.
On July 12, 2016, the San Francisco 49ers announced that it had taken over the Foster Farms Bowl, and had reached a four-year deal to move the game to Fox and Fox Deportes beginning in 2016. It was also reported by Sports Business Journal that Fox was pursuing a share of the Big Ten's primary football rights. Fox Sports began carrying select college football games in virtual reality for the 2016 season. The following year, FS1 also acquired rights to the Holiday Bowl, ending a long-standing relationship with the game and ESPN.
On July 24, 2017, the Big Ten Conference announced that Fox and ESPN had acquired rights to its games under a six-year deal beginning in the 2017 season. The contract also includes an extension of Fox's contract to operate Big Ten Network through 2032. This will include the Michigan/Ohio State game yearly, which had been a fixture of ABC's college football schedule for over a half-decade; the game will remain slotted at noon on the last day of the Big Ten's regular season. As a result, Fox now airs a tripleheader on most weeks of the season.
Fox promoted its addition of Big Ten football with promotional campaigns focusing on each team; a Children of the Corn-themed commercial focusing on the Nebraska Cornhuskers attracted controversy due to its thematics, prompting the university to request that it be pulled.
Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Fox College Football Night on Fox.
|Season||Episodes||Timeslot||Season Premiere||Season Finale||TV Season||Season
|1st||13||Saturday 8:00||September 1, 2012||December 1, 2012||2012–2013||#140||3.24|
|2nd||TBD||Saturday 8:00||September 7, 2013||December 7, 2013||2013–2014||TBD||TBD|
|3rd||TBD||Saturday 8:00||September 6, 2014||December 6, 2014||2014–2015||TBD||TBD|
|4th||TBD||Saturday 8:00||September 5, 2015||December 5, 2015||2015–2016||TBD||TBD|
|5th||TBD||Saturday 8:00||September 3, 2016||December 3, 2016||2016–2017||TBD||TBD|
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